Meeting/Event Information



Everyone Included: Talking About Diversity in Books for Children & Teens
We Need Diversity!
Wallingford Public Library
200 North Main Street
Wallingford, CT 06492-3791



For Teen and Children's Libraians! 

Everyone Included: Talking About Diversity in Books for Children & Teens

Wallingford Public Library, 200 North Main St., Wallingford, CT

March 14, 2018 10:00AM-3:30PM


10:00-10:15           Coffee & Welcome

10:15-11:30           Anne Sibley O'Brien, children's book author and team member at the Diverse Book Finder

11:30-11:45           Break

11:45-12:30           Panel of Authors, Editors, Publishers

                          Tochi Onyebuchi, Young Adult Author

                          Cindy Rodriguez, Young Adult Author

                          Julie Bliven, Children's book editor and member of the @CBCBook Diversity Initiative

                          Olivia or Alyssa John, publishers, Lauren Simone Publishing House

 12:30-1:15              Lunch is provided

 1:15-2:00                Panel of Connecticut Librarians

                          Gabrielle Barnes, Hartford Public Library

                          Luis Chavez-Brumell, Manager Young Minds and Family Learning Department, New Haven Free Public Library

                          Samantha Lee, Head of Reference Services, Enfield Public Library

                          Kymberlee Powe, Youth Services Librarian, West Haven Public Library

 2:00-2:15                Break

 2:15-3:15                Leslea Newman - "Dump Trucks and Dresses and Dolls: Oh My! Smashing Gender Stereotypes in Children’s Literature"

 3:15-3:30                Final Thoughts, Wrap up, and Book Signing


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If you have a request for accommodation, please submit information in advance of the conference to Jennifer Rummel at Include a description of the accommodations are you requesting, and describe any equipment you are requesting to be provided.  

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July 10, 2018

CLA Public Libraries Committee Meeting

July 10, 2018
10:00 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT

Ora Mason Library
260 Benham Hill Rd.
West Haven, CT 06516

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